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Betrayal's Shadow (The Guardians of Eden Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

KH LeMoyne
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Book Description

What would you do to save your people from extinction?
What if your race held the key to mankind’s future?
One Guardian will risk hell to change the future.

Descended from the race of Guardians, Turen’s people have survived the last two hundred years, quarantined and isolated. Living in secrecy with no mates and no offspring, they fail to deliver on their ability to replenish and heal human souls through the birth of their Guardian children. Risking his life, Turen chooses capture at the hands of a comrade-turned-enemy to seek answers to change the future.

Mia Bowman has no knowledge of the secret Guardian race. Yet, her uncontrollable, nocturnal summons to Turen’s prison cell and her strong sense of justice leave her with little choice but to help him. She can heed his warning and stay clear of his people’s problems or she can ferret out the lies and unravel an ancient tale of murder and deceit. It will take an ultimate sacrifice to stop the unexpected evil and reverse a fatal ending to the Guardian line.

A race of beings created in a Sanctum at the far edge of Eden. Co-existing with mankind, they safeguarded human souls and the promise of eternity—until a virus killed all over the age of eighteen. The surviving children fled to the Sanctum for protection, children raising children without the full legacy of their history and knowledge. Two hundred years of solitude have produced a race of semi-immortals fortified with powers and intellect but lacking the mates who will make them whole and allow them to fulfill their covenant with mankind.

Book 2: Warrior Reborn
Book 3: Destiny's Mark

Editorial Reviews


"This is a story of betrayal, love, honor and an undying desire to save a people. The characters are wonderful." -- Linda, reviewer PNRGuild, 5 stars

"It's easy to get very wrapped up in this tale; I read it one sitting. I can't wait for next one and very highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys gritty urban fantasy." -- Night Owl Reviews, Reviewer Top Pick

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Product Details

  • File Size: 5409 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937080072
  • Publisher: Digital Crystal Press (April 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in Urban Fantasy! September 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was one of the best in urban fantasy that I have read in a long time. A really long time. It's hard for me to give a book a five star rating; it really has to stand out and above other books that I've read of the genre and even above books in other genres. For a while I have been shying away from urban fantasy books; they just But this book was a wonderful change from what I have been reading. At first I didn't get what the backstory was all about and almost abandoned the book but then Turen (the hero) grabbed my attention. This guy is a Guardian: not quite an angel but not a demon either. His kind is charged with guarding humanity but also with preserving themselves as a society. I didn't feel like I needed to go back and read the Old Testament or Paradise Lost to understand what was going on with this book. I like some history and background to go with my stories but with some in urban fantasy, it's like I spend most of my time trying to figure out what in the hell the author is referring to.
Turen is sacrificing himself to try and redeem his former mentor and best friend, but then finds that he needed some redeeming also. Mia is a freelance writer who finds herself transported in a cave with a really big, silent guy. One thing that I liked about Turen was that he was intelligent and patient. This was no Berserker warrior who thrashes everything in sight; this guy has a purpose and the will to see it through. And even the sex came at the right time in the book. No wham-bam's in this book. The sex was hot and totally worth the wait. Great book and one that make you want to read all that are available in the series. I found myself plotting in my head to see what happens next.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible characters! An absolute MUST READ!!! June 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
My thoughts:
This incredible story is not your average tale of good versus evil. This story is so much more than that. It is a story of the seduction of power and it's ability to taint vision and truth. The horrifying reality of a twisted sense of commitment and a covenant gone wrong. It is a story of struggle and sacrifice on a journey to find the truth buried in betrayal, and the price of failure is extinction.
We are introduced to a woman (Mia) who finds herself involuntarily drawn into the terrifying realm of a prison and once there meets a man (Turin) who she, for reasons unknown, is drawn to save. Once they meet, another element is added to our story. The power of love.
KH LeMoyne has created a gripping tale of deceit and betrayal, love, loss, compassion, courage and the all consuming desire to fight for what you believe in.
I fell in love with the characters. Each of them brings something vital to the story.
I found myself laughing and crying throughout the story as my heart bled and rejoiced with them as they struggled.
The characters KH LeMoyne has given us are beings that could only come from the vivid and creative imagination of a writer with a storytellers heart and the talent to bring them to life on paper for us all.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satifying start to a series July 19, 2011
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition
Turen is a Guardian, a race similar to humans, but with added powers and responsibilities. They replenish and heal human souls when they reproduce. Along with heighten senses and the ability to "fold" (teleport), each Guardian has control over a specific ability. Mia is a regular human who suddenly begins visiting Turen in his prison cell. He is being held captive by a fellow Guardian, a man who lost all control when his mate and child were killed. Mia feels compelled to help Turen, but will this forbidden relationship help save the Guardian race, or just result in Mia's destruction?

I was impressed at the growth and change within Mia's character. In the beginning of the book, she really struggled with doubts and lack of confidence, which made sense given her recent struggles with her husband. As the story progressed, she grew beyond her grief and sorrow, back to happiness. Her self-confidence also grew and multiplied as she became stronger and more engaged with the world around her. Yes, she still depended on Turen quite a bit, but I was impressed at her progress. It felt very realistic and beliveable.

I did have a hard time grasping exactly what the Guardians' role was in relation to humans. I felt like it was skimmed over, and never fully explained. It didn't really impact the storyline, but it would have been nice to have a better handle on why they existed, and what their purpose was.

This is the first book in a series. The ending satisfied me, while still leaving several threads open for further books. I can't wait to see what happens next, and am very happy to already have the next book.

Just a warning, this is definitely an adult book. There are a few very steamy sexual scenes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I actually read Warrior Reborn, the second book in the Guardians of Eden series before I read Betrayal's Shadow. As I was reading WR, I found myself wanting to know more about the trials Turen and Mia were forced to endure. Betrayal's Shadow did not disappoint. With just the right combination of intrigue, action and romance, I easily fell in love with the characters and the story.

LeMoyne crafts powerful characters and even as she throws devastating and terrifying trials at them, she still manages to pull them through. By the time you reach the last page, you feel completely satisfied.

I cannot wait to dive deeper into The Guardians of Eden series as she releases more books. The characters she's introduced us to in book one and two have really touched my heart and feel like old, familiar friends I'll want to revisit again and again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book I have read it several times it ...
I love this book I have read it several times it can keep my interest every time and never gets old
Published 23 hours ago by maryam abramowicz
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not hesitate to download and read. It's an awesome read!
I want one of him...oh my, Turen. Be still my heart. He was the best balance of alpha male with a whole lot of heat and charm mixed in. He completely melted me. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Latoya Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Innovative
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the concept of the plot, although I wanted a little more of Mia's motive behind falling for the dark brooding man locked in a prison cell. Read more
Published 15 days ago by J. G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
Started slow but ended with a bang. Not much action until the end, but the relationship between the Turen and Mia kept me going. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Betrayal's shadow
This was a well written and fully developed story that can stand alone. That being said it leaves you longing to know more about the other characters introduced in the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by arlene michelle driggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good!
This book surprised me with how good it is. I was totally enthralled a few pages in. Sucks that most of the book consisted of being visited in a cell, but it played out well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
A page turner no matter how many times you read it
I've read it 4 times so far. you read a passage you've already read but but you see something new. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I was so caught up in this book,it was hard to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance mixed with sci-fi or fantasy.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading the next one in this series and I will also check out other books she has written.
Published 2 months ago by D. Herber O
5.0 out of 5 stars really a good read
I loved the underlying message of honor. The H was strong in loyalty but never harsh in his care for his mate. I loved this book!
Published 2 months ago by Lvglamour
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More About the Author

KH LeMoyne is an award-winning author of paranormal and fantasy romance.

A former technology specialist, she writes about mystical and magical beings, characters who fight for love against insurmountable odds.

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